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Learning to paint was on my bucket list after I retired in 2012. Like so many, I always enjoyed drawing and painting, but never had the time to devote serious effort to develop my talents. I have benefitted from many talented workshop instructors. Life is a sequence of recreating oneself. Now I am happily a painter.


I am a semi-realistic representational artist, with strong post impressionistic influences. I paint with both acrylics and watercolor, depending on what best suits the subject. I especially like to explore new ways of creating texture and using colors in unexpected ways.


I paint what interests me: from pets and animals, to the landscapes of my travels in Europe, and my local surroundings. I paint a lot from photos. My greatest joy is when I bring a photo to life with new textures, unexpected colors, and different perspectives. When I can share a new way of seeing, and feel that others find beauty in that, I know I have succeeded.

Gallery Representation:

  • Art Visions Gallery

130 Scruggs Road, Suite 215

Moneta, VA 24121

  • 2nd Helpings Gallery

1502 Williamson Road NE

Roanoke, VA 24012

Recent Awards and Recognition:

  • Virginia Watercolor Society, Signature Member

  • Allegheny Highlands Arts Festival

    • Second Place, Acrylics, 2021

  • Bath County Art Festival

    • Second Place, Acrylics, 2023

  • League of Roanoke Artists Showcase

    • First Place, Watercolor, 2023

    • Tink E. Ewald Award for "Balance=Serenity," Fall 2021

    • First Place, Acrylics, 2017​

    • First Place, Watercolor, 2014

    • Third Place, Watercolor, 2011

  • Lynchburg Art Festival

    • Royal County Arts Award, 2017​

  • Rockbridge Art Guild, Art on the Green

    • Best Floral Scene, 2017​

  • Smith Mountain Arts Council Annual Show

    • First Place, Acrylics, 2021

    • Best in Show, 2016​

    • First Place, Watercolor, 2016

Painted by a fellow artist, Pat Dougherty.

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